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Archive for Monday, December 31, 2012

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12:00 a.m.
Snow is on the way to Lawrence and across northeastern Kansas Monday. In this user-submitted photo from the City of Lawrence Twitter account (@lawrenceks) few cars attempt to cross the snow-covered Kansas River Bridge on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. Roads around Lawrence grow slick as snow, freezing drizzle, fall Monday night
12:57 p.m., December 30, 2012 Updated 3:25 p.m.
The National Weather Service predicts 1 to 2 inches in the area throughout Monday, with snow tapering off around midnight. Staff Reports
6:00 a.m.
Richard Gwin/Journal World-Photo.From the top of Weaver's at 9th and Massachusetts one could only see thousands of loyal Jayhawk fans filled downtown Massachusetts on Saturday March 31, 2012 after the Jayhawks defeated Ohio 64-62 sending them the big dance with Kentucky on Monday night. The top 10 local stories of 2012
December 30, 2012
A squirrel-ignited brush fire and a multimillion dollar drug bust are among the top local stories of 2012. Here’s a look at the the Journal-World’s top 10 most-read local stories for 2012, based on the number of online page views. By Adam Strunk
12:00 p.m.

Tamales are a Mexican dish consisting of cornmeal dough  (masa) wrapped around a meat filling and steamed in corn husks. Make some tamales and have a party
December 31, 2012
Almost since the day I started working with her, I’ve been harassing my co-worker, Lydia Vega, to teach me how to make her family’s authentic tamales. When she finally agreed earlier this fall, I decided it would be fun to make a party of it. As it turns out, you don’t make tamales without having a party. By Meryl Carver-Allmond
3:00 p.m.
Snow and traffic light problems near 15th and Iowa streets slowed cars as the snow started to fall Jan. 19, 2011. More than 3 inches of snow was on the ground before rush hour even started. Safety tips for dealing with freezing weather
December 31, 2012
With temperatures hovering around the freezing mark, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment are encouraging Kansans to exercise caution when outdoors. By Karrey Britt
6:00 p.m.
Kansas University students walk through campus between classes Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 on Jayhawk Boulevard. The U.S. News and World Report national university rankings were released Wednesday showing that the university had dropped to a ranking of 106th from the previous year where it was ranked 101st among national universities. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo 2013 Preview: KU’s 2013 to be defined by continued change, led by new curriculum
December 31, 2012
In the midst of several multi-year efforts to transform itself, Kansas University will spend 2013 continuing to shift pieces into their new places. Campaigns to re-orient the university strategically, raise hundreds of millions of dollars for support and cut down on inefficiency will all be in full swing in the new year. By Matt Erickson

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Big decisions in store for public schools in 2013
$92.5 million bond issue, new science standards, NCLB waiver on education agenda
December 31, 2012
Education officials in Lawrence and throughout the state are looking ahead to a year of monumental decisions that will be made at every level, from the schoolhouse to the Statehouse, and even the courthouse.
Sound Off: Harper Street Fire Station
December 31, 2012
Are there no personnel at the Harper Street fire station? Are trucks just stored there?
Kansas revenues beat December forecast
December 31, 2012
Kansas officials say the state is finishing 2012 with strong revenue collections, beating estimates by $30 million for December.
Taxes, conservative wins, weather, sports among top stories in Kansas
December 31, 2012
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback started 2012 with the political winds at his back. As the year went on, the breeze only got stronger.
Chiefs fire Crennel, restructure
December 31, 2012
The Kansas City Chiefs are doing more than looking for a new coach after firing Romeo Crennel on Monday. They’re changing the entire structure of the organization.
Kansas PF Perry Ellis flashes potential
December 31, 2012
Guys who go against Kansas University freshman Perry Ellis every day — his frontcourt teammates — say the power forward’s double-double against American University is a sign of huge things to come. By Gary Bedore
Kansas football 2012 in review: Top 10 stories of Jayhawks’ season
December 31, 2012
While the 2012 Kansas University football season delivered little more than losses, there were more than a few memorable things that took place — good and bad — during coach Charlie Weis’ first season in charge of the Jayhawks. By Matt Tait
Lawrence snowfall under an inch, area highways slick on New Year’s Eve
December 31, 2012
Less than an inch of snow fell on Lawrence Monday, through area roads and highways did get sloppy in the evening. By Ian Cummings
Baldwin City man arrested for aggravated battery, intimidation of a witness
December 31, 2012
A 31-year-old Baldwin City man was arrested in Lawrence Monday on suspicion of aggravated battery, criminal restraint, and intimidation of a witness.
How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 31 NBA games
December 31, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Monday’s NBA games.
Eudora names new fire chief
December 31, 2012
A retired Olathe Fire Department battalion chief has been hired as Eudora’s next fire chief, Eudora City Administrator John Harrenstein announced Monday.
Escaped Leavenworth County Jail inmate back in custody
December 31, 2012
An escaped Leavenworth County Jail inmate is back in custody after almost two days on the run.
Recent audit eyes sale of surplus state property
December 31, 2012
For years, some legislators have said the state should do more to sell unused state property. And a recent audit shows the state doesn’t do a good job of this, but also indicates that sometimes an empty parcel of state-owned land is more complicated than it appears. By Scott Rothschild.
New House Speaker Merrick refuses Kansas Supreme Court chief justice’s request to address Legislature
December 31, 2012
House Speaker Ray Merrick has turned down a request from Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss to address the 2013 Legislature.
Two juveniles taken into custody following Saturday incident at Dollar Tree
December 31, 2012
A 15-year-old and a 14-year-old were taken into custody Saturday following an alleged robbery at the Dollar Tree, 2108 W. 27th St. By Shaun Hittle
Disgruntled Kansans take to Facebook with concerns about state agency
December 31, 2012
Some disgruntled Kansas residents have taken their concerns about services from the Kansas Department of Labor to social media. By Shaun Hittle
Douglas County commissioners set to finalize agritourism rules
December 31, 2012
Final action expected on zoning regulations aimed at facilitating tourism-related businesses and events in rural Douglas County. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence man held on $40K bond in battery case
December 31, 2012
A 27-year-old Lawrence man is being held in the Douglas County Jail on a $40,000 bond for a battery charge. By Shaun Hittle
No arrests or updates on body discovered in refrigerator in De Soto
December 31, 2012
No arrests have been made, and no new details have been released in the case of an Ottawa man, whose body was discovered in De Soto in April. By Shaun Hittle
Fire crews extinguish flames in alley near 8th and Massachusetts Streets
December 31, 2012
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical responded to a fire in the alley near Eighth and Massachusetts streets about midnight Sunday.
How Former Jayhawks Fared in Dec. 30 NBA games
December 31, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Sunday’s NBA games.
2013 Preview: Technical training campus expected to be big initiative in business community in 2013
December 31, 2012
Greg Williams, president of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, thinks 2013 is the year construction will begin on a new community college campus in Lawrence that would begin offering technical and vocational training for the area’s workforce. By Chad Lawhorn
2013 Preview: KU’s 2013 to be defined by continued change, led by new curriculum
December 31, 2012
In the midst of several multi-year efforts to transform itself, Kansas University will spend 2013 continuing to shift pieces into their new places. Campaigns to re-orient the university strategically, raise hundreds of millions of dollars for support and cut down on inefficiency will all be in full swing in the new year. By Matt Erickson
Tipsy Taxi offers a safe, free ride home on New Year’s Eve
December 31, 2012
After celebrating New Year’s Eve, party-goers can call 842-TAXI for a free ride home in Lawrence.
How To Help: Club seeks volunteer to help create YouTube video
December 31, 2012
The Boys and Girls Club is looking for volunteers to help it create a fun YouTube video that will feature club kids telling President Barack Obama why they’d like him to come to their Feb. 6 Youth of the Year Celebration.
Letter: Unfair criticism
December 31, 2012
Several recent letters to the editor responding to a letter from Carl Burkhead on the Newtown tragedy have seemed incredulous to me.
Editorial: Drought woes
The reservoirs that supply water to many Kansas cities already are depleted and continued drought will only make the situation worse.
December 31, 2012
Unless you burrow deep into the city of Lawrence’s website, you might not know that the state’s drought is beginning to catch up with us here.
25 years ago: Glen Mason hired as KU football coach
December 31, 2012
The 37-year-old Mason had been one of a group of four finalists for the post.
40 years ago: Unattended candle causes house fire
December 31, 2012
Flames had broken through the front door of the one-story frame structure before the first fire truck arrived.
Horoscopes for Dec. 31
December 31, 2012
For Monday, Dec. 31: This year you enjoy relating on a one-on-one level. Though you love to socialize, you also appreciate the exchange that goes on just between two people. If you are single, you attract people from out of the blue and in odd situations. If you are attached, the two of you love going on getaways together.
Safety tips for dealing with freezing weather
December 31, 2012
With temperatures hovering around the freezing mark, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment are encouraging Kansans to exercise caution when outdoors. By Karrey Britt
Fix-It Chick: Tackle some basic home repairs for the new year
December 31, 2012
Reseed the lawn. Trim back trees and shrubs. Replace damaged landscape elements with native, drought-resistant varieties. By Linda Cottin
Out with the old, in with the new: Now’s the time to de-clutter
December 31, 2012
Out with the old, in with the new. The adage goes for more than just a calendar change. It applies to your stuff, too. All those Christmas decorations that need to be put away, old toys abandoned for new ones, tired clothes taking up space after-Christmas sales could fill — now’s the time to get rid of the ones you don’t want, and get the rest organized. By Sara Shepherd
Felt adds texture, warmth to winter
December 31, 2012
It’s that time of year when texture, character and warmth define the most successful decor. The perfect time for felt. This season has seen a variety of creative, decorative felt items for table and tree. You’ll find it sewn, lasercut, appliqued or otherwise manipulated to create eye-catching fashion accessories, charming toys and sculptures, and chic items for the home. By Kim Cook, The Associated Press
Opinion: Volunteers strengthen America
December 31, 2012 in print edition on A6
The pundits often describe our country as fractious and disconnected — but Americans’ commitment to strengthen our communities through service reflects a far different story. Volunteerism and civic involvement in our nation is alive and well. Last year alone, the number of formal volunteers reached its highest level in five years, as 64.3 million Americans volunteered through an organization, an increase of 1.5 million from 2010.
Tune In Tonight: Recalling old acquaintances
December 31, 2012
Where did the year go? Can it already be the time for “New York’s Rockin’ Eve Celebrates Dick Clark” (7 p.m., ABC)? The special, hosted by Fergie and Jenny McCarthy, looks back at Clark’s many decades as a television personality and his long association with hosting ABC’s New Year’s Eve celebration.
KU’s new curriculum will have ripple effects on academic departments, graduate students
December 31, 2012
The process of installing a new undergraduate curriculum at Kansas University has a lot of moving parts. How will it affect graduate students and academic departments that provide high-traffic introductory courses? No one knows yet, for sure. By Matt Erickson
Opinion: Fighting China corruption a tall order
December 31, 2012 in print edition on A6
Who will have the world’s hardest job in 2013? There are many candidates for that role, but my nominee would be Vice Premier Wang Qishan, who has just been given the near-impossible assignment of combating corruption in China.
Make some tamales and have a party
December 31, 2012
Almost since the day I started working with her, I’ve been harassing my co-worker, Lydia Vega, to teach me how to make her family’s authentic tamales. When she finally agreed earlier this fall, I decided it would be fun to make a party of it. As it turns out, you don’t make tamales without having a party. By Meryl Carver-Allmond
Double Take: Striving and respect: 2 themes for year ahead
December 31, 2012
We arrive tomorrow at the year 2013, in remarkably good shape for a world destroyed on Dec. 21. As one who grew up in the shadow of an oft-imagined Cold War mushroom cloud, I found the threat from long-dead Maya a bit underwhelming.
Offbeat Occupations: Turning humble materials into home art
December 31, 2012
Dave Root is a guy whose feet are firmly planted in two worlds: one very practical and one totally artistic. With his custom concrete business, Atlas Archimedes Design, he manages to deftly blend the two. By Amber Fraley
100 years ago: ‘Enormous’ price increase in store for natural gas consumers
December 31, 2012
“If the town would rather shut off the natural gas it has a perfect right to do so.”